WINDSOR, Ontario — Freshman forward Terrence Jones will be out of action until mid-September, Kentucky announced Monday afternoon.
Jones left the exhibition game with Windsor on Sunday late in the first half. UK initially listed his status as day to day. UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy said that Jones was not sure how the injury occurred. He scored four points and grabbed two rebounds in nine minutes.
UK Coach John Calipari noted how Jones practiced for five or more days while injured. "You can't say he's a momma's boy," the UK coach said with a smile.
In a statement, Peevy outlined how the stress fracture was discovered.
"Our medical staff took Terrence to an imaging center in Detroit for an MRI this morning," Peevy said in a statement. "He has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the rib which was causing the pain in his left shoulder. We hope to have him back in mid-September when we begin individual workouts."
Jones came to UK as a McDonald's All-American. He led Jefferson High School in Portland to three straight Oregon state championships. He averaged 30 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as a senior.
UK was already shorthanded on its front line because center Enes Kanter remains ineligible for games as the NCAA reviews his amateurism status.
Kentucky ends its exhibition series with a rematch with Windsor on Tuesday.
When asked his reaction to Jones' injury, Windsor Coach Chris Oliver said, "I feel more for him than anything. Getting that early experience. The good thing is it sounds like he's going to recover."
Fatigue a factor
The rematch with Windsor will be Kentucky's third game in 42 hours.
"It's a challenge, for sure," Oliver said of UK's schedule. "But (UK's freshmen) are coming off the AAU circuit. They're used to playing. They'll be ready to go."
Fatigue played a factor in UK's 95-62 victory over Windsor on Sunday. His team wilted because of a lack of consistent practices to build up stamina. In preparation for these exhibitions, Windsor practiced two weekends, he said.
Although UK is shorthanded without big men Enes Kanter, Eloy Vargas and now Jones, the Cats spoke confidently about Tuesday's game.
"Having only eight guys is pretty tough on us," Darius Miller said. "But we're pretty confident."
As Calipari signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans outside the St. Denis Centre before Monday's game, someone wearing a Windsor basketball T-shirt approached the UK coach.
It was Windsor's leading returning scorer, Isaac Kuon, who asked the UK coach to autograph a ticket stub.
"I've admired him for a long time," Kuon said of Calipari. "I watched him growing up. I dreamed of playing for him as a kid. Now I'm going to root for him."
Windsor Associate Athletics Director Mike Havey said the school sold about 6,900 tickets for the three exhibition games. At $10 per ticket, that adds up to $69,000.
Taking out about $15,000 for expenses to run the event, Windsor's men's basketball figures to make about $54,000. That marks the program's biggest fund-raiser of the year, Havey said.
So, no surprise that Windsor would be happy to have Kentucky back in four years. "In a heartbeat," Havey said.
But next time, if there is a next time, UK will play the exhibitions in the downtown civic area, the Windsor Family Credit Union Center, which seats about 6,500, Havey said.
About 40 minutes before the game, Calipari and the UK players went to center court. Calipari took a public address microphone and thanked the fans for attending the exhibition games.
"We appreciate you being here and supporting the program over the years," Calipari said.
With that, the UK coach gave the microphone to junior Darius Miller.
After echoing the coach's words of appreciation, Miller told the fans, "You all really make this program."